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Six arrested, firearms seized and clan labs dismantled in organised crime operation

2y ago


Asian Crime Squad detectives have today arrested six people, executed nine search warrants, and dismantled a number of clandestine drug laboratories as part of an operation targeting the alleged trafficking of illegal firearms and drugs. Asian Crime Squad detectives, with assistance from the Professional Standards Command, Tactical Operations Unit, Public Order Riot Squad and South West Region Enforcement Squad, executed nine simultaneous search warrants at various locations across Sydney. Strike Force Noise was established in November 2010 to investigate the supply of prohibited firearms and drugs including methamphetamine, heroin and ICE. Just after 7am today, detectives assisted by the Tactical Operations Unit and Public Order Riot Squad attended two residential premises at Marrickville and Strathfield where they arrested two men. A 30-year-old man was arrested at the Marrickville location and taken to Newtown Police Station, while a 32-year-old man was arrested at the Strathfield location and taken to Campsie Police Station, and a 21-year-old man was arrested at Wattlegrove and taken to Macquarie Fields Police Station. Charges are expected to be laid. Police allege the 21-year-old man is an associate of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. A 28-year-old man was also arrested by police at Villawood and taken to Fairfield Police Station, while a 29-year-old man was arrested at Homebush and taken to Flemington Police Station, and a 28-year-old man was arrested at Hinchinbrook and taken to Green Valley Police Station. Charges are expected to be laid. During today's warrants police located and seized a .38 calibre revolver, a replica pistol, an air rifle, a large quantity of ammunition, small quantities of ICE, methamphetamine, heroin and cannabis, fake credit cards, and a sum of cash. Three clandestine drug laboratories were also uncovered by police including two at separate locations in Marrickville and one at Homebush, containing large quantities of drugs and related chemicals. Specialist police and HAZMAT crews are currently at the locations conducting ongoing operations. Following previous investigations, detectives seized a total of eight double shot key-ring pistols, a machine pistol with silencer, a 9mm automatic pistol, a quantity of ammunition, and an amount of methamphetamine and other drugs. Asian Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said, "As a result of this investigation police have so far put a significant dent in an organised network allegedly involved in the trafficking of extremely dangerous weapons and a variety of prohibited drugs. "The NSW Police Force and the Asian Crime Squad is committed to identifying and prosecuting anyone engaged in organised criminal activity. "The public's assistance is valuable in assisting police tackle organised crime and we continue to encourage anyone with information about crime in their area to contact local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," Det Supt Cook said.